THE MEANING OF AUTUMN

AUTUMN whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)

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Friday, February 29, 2008

A healing place at Mount Annan Botanical Gardens


The path to the healing ~ Mount Annan Botanic Gardens ~ Photo by Peter Cuneo
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The ‘stolen generations’ issue has been a focus of Aboriginal reconciliation in Australia for many years.
To bring this issue to attention, plans for a Stolen Generations Memorial at Mount Annan Botanic Garden, located in south-west Sydney, were instigated in 2003 as a partnership between Link Up New South Wales, the NSW Stolen Generations Committee and Botanic Gardens Trust.
Located in beautiful natural woodland, visitors will experience the Memorial as a journey of healing and reflection, as they walk through the forest via a series of impressive boardwalks leading to a peaceful meeting place with water and a sculpture space.
Work on the project has progressed steadily in the past few years, and has involved Aboriginal trainees as part of their Certificate III in Land Conservation and Management.
Stage one of the path and boardwalk construction is now complete and provides access to the sculpture space.
The main structural timber for the boardwalk was generously donated through an arrangement with Forests NSW, NSW Forest Products Association and Merbein Sawmills.
The next phase of this significant reconciliation project will be to complete the southern section of the boardwalk and the sculptural centrepiece to be created by renowned Aboriginal artist, Badger Bates. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/
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Badger Bates, born in 1947 in Wilcannia, NSW, is the Senior Archaeological Officer for the National Parks and Wildlife Service in Broken Hill and is a sculptor. Several kilometres from the mining town of Broken Hill, rising from the arid red plain, a circle of 12 sandstone sculptures crown the peak of Sundown Hill. Together they are known as the Living Desert Sculptures. Carved by artists from Georgia, Mexico, Syria, Bathurst Island and Australia in 1993, these sculptures have become a new cultural icon in a town already well recognised for its art, particularly painting.Badger Bates, a Sites Officer with National Parks and Wildlife, is the only Broken Hill local to have carved one of these sculptures. His piece, entitled Nhatji, or Rainbow Serpent, depicts two rainbow serpents travelling north with a pool of water between them. The hand stencils on the sculpture represent three generations of his family. www.australians.com.au
He illustrated a book called "Nourishing Terrains" ~ Australian Aboriginal Views of Landscape and Wilderness ~ by Deborah Bird Rose pub. 1996.
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Somehow, there is an Autumn mystique in this healing place. Now that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has offered a formal apology to indigenous Australians in January 2008, it is more than time to tread the boardwalk of healing. Finding shapes of substance in water has a liberating cleansing feel, like the mystical whispers of autumn colours and breezes. The winds of change scurry round the deep corridoors of yesterday's dust, brushing breathing space into congested lungs.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Passion - for Sunday Scribblings

Some first research:
Origin and Introduction:Passion Flower, whose genus name is passiflora, is a naturally grown medicinal herb, approved by the German Commission E in the treatment of insomnia and nervousness. It is also used as a sedative in nervous disorders (including gastrointestinal complaints of nervous origin), difficulties in sleeping, and anxiety or restlessness. Passion Flower reduces spasms and depresses the central nervous system.
Passion flower is also known as maypop. It is a woody vine with flowers which reminded early pilgrims of the passion or suffering of Christ. The plant produces small berry-like fruit called granadilla or water lemon. The aerial parts of the plant are gathered during fruiting season and then dried for future processing.
Habitat:The plant is indigenous to an area from the southeast U.S. to Argentina and Brazil.
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The ancient Aztecs reportedly used passionflower as a sedative and pain reliever. Today herbalists also recommend it as a sedative and antispasmodic agent.
Other Names: Passion Flower, Maypop, Apricot vine, Passiflore rouge, Passionsblume, Purple Passion-flower, Passion Vine
Passionflower Folklore
The name Passionflower refers to the passion of Christ: the 3 stamens represent his wounds, and the 12 petals represent the apostles. Passionflower fruit is sweet and aromatic.
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The colours of passion
Burn and vibrate
The drought
Of the body
And the thirst
Of the spirit ~
Till pain
Is pure ecstasy ~
Primeval songlines
Deep drummings
Wrung
Screaming
From some forgotten well
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Locked logic
Numbed chasms
Of perilous
Conditioned minds
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This pic is from Emilie Wood's awesome blog. It is taken in her mother's garden in the south of France

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Perspective - Writer's Island


To hold a ball of solar light
Is to burn
Before the lens
Has time
To meet the eye
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Playing with
Nature's Fire
Is the ultimate
Cosmic
Game of
Scientific Chance
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But pretending to grasp
The last sunset glow
Of a dusky evening
Is the ultimate
Surrealistic sigh
Of the Creative Spirit
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The camera cannot lie

Second Chance - for Writer's Island

Western Australia is leading the nation in the search to develop clean, 'zero emission' fuels from renewable resources by providing major funding for one of the world's first major trials of hydrogen fuel cell buses.
The Department for Planning and Infrastructure is leading a two-year trial of three Daimler-Chrysler hydrogen fuel cell buses on normal Perth suburban routes. The trial is due to end in September 2006.
Partners in the venture include one of the world's leading energy companies.
Hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles produce no greenhouse gases and create no smog. They are quiet and are predicted to be cheaper to maintain and operate than internal combustion engine vehicles. www.dpi.wa.gov.au
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Imagine
The invention of cars
Never happened
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Imagine
Hovercrafts
Freely available
Powered by hydrogen fuel cells
Monitored by GPS systems~
Just a press of the home connector
And a hovercraft
Soon waits by your door~
A neighbour needs one too~
The system knows~
And so a larger craft
Is selected automatically~
Two passengers
One trip~
Imagine the wisdom
Of air corridoors
Where traffic controllers
Network safety
Speed
Direction
And you have all the time
In the world
To dream
Thoughtfully
Beyond your window
Of second chance

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Time Travel via Seawinds ~ for Writer's Island


Seawinds is a magical garden on top of the mountain known as Arthurs Seat. It is a haven on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia; a haven where I love to wander for time out to nourish time in.
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Early, on a recent Sunday morning, I wandered here again.
The air was fragrant with dappled sunlight
A little tang of salt from the sea
And a slight hint of eucalypt
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I chose the secret, rocky,winding track into the gardens. The main car park just beyond a sprawling, yawning gateway somehow looks so commercial. And just beyond the carpark is a supermarket line up of barbeques. For me, it looks like a stopping place for hasty time travellers. I prefer a simple, long, timeless walk into this whispering garden.
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I quietly opened an aching, tiny, peeling silver gate. And ambled down the dusty track. Trees seemed to move closer and closer, making the track appear more fragile than ever.
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At last I reached a little wooden bridge, leading into one corner of the garden. As I stepped on the first wooden planks, a head popped out from behind the bushes ahead! It was a tiny grey wallaby, busy with breakfast nibbles. Drawing closer, I found this was Mum wallaby; for baby was nibbling not too far away on an expanse of grass. Mum moved just a little. I chatted on to her, wishing her a good morning and hoping she had a wonderful day. I am sure she understood, because she just seemed to intently watch my face, while still nibbling of course. I passed close by her, and sensed just a little wariness, but mainly there seemed to be a lithesome bond of morning delight. Baby ignored me completely.
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I kept walking, but smiling now. I felt I shared the joy of a moment; an intimate encounter with time in nature's zone.
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The next wander past the shaded lakes, rose and fern gardens and countless rocky steps became a bit of a blur. I still carried that first moment. But I was headed for a special rocky wall where a few of William Ricketts' spirits were sculptured (see pic) No matter where I chose to wander in these gardens, always this particular spot was an essential stopping point. I loved to feel this man's dream of souls uniting across the oceans of time. For him, the reality of time is the eternal soul, like some huge cosmic heart, always pulsing, always breathing a purpose into life.
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A few precious breaths here by the wall, and I moved on toward the cliff, high above Port Phillip Bay. A tiny garden here embraced the view. Homes, roads and distant Melbourne seemed so small here. The waters and the spill of the sky were far greater. Utter exhileration always filled me at this place. For a little while, I sat on the bench, in memory of some soul who had passed here. (Many benches have little plaques as memorials of people who once enjoyed Seawinds. Perhaps, some day, I would like a fragment of me to always be here too!)
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I felt it was time to return. The breezes were freshening, and there was a distinct aura of grey rain in the air. Of course, I returned via the wallabies. And there she was! Lazily nibbling on a small grassy hill! I voiced another good morning to her! But she just glanced my way, and then turned to watch her baby. I felt a little disappointed, but maybe I was interpretting her reaction the wrong way. Perhaps, she had decided I was no threat! Just another piece of nature's time and space. I should feel special!
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Again, after leaving her, the gardens became a blur of passing colours and swaying greens. But I suddenly realised my feet were hastening a little more. Subconsciously, perhaps, I could feel the presence of storms. Yet the sky was just a mist of greyscale clouds! I felt somehow highly tuned into the cycles of Nature, feeling her desire to travel on.
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Travel on! I had to travel on! I had to travel back to travel on!
Time out is time in, fuel for the hungry time traveller!

Friday, February 15, 2008

A Poetry Offer + Some Amazing New Links


I am quite excited about discovering some new links. In particular, via Cricket's Hearth delightful blog, I found "One World One Heart". That led me to Magpie Girl's Passionate Blog and what a world that opened too. So a comment on each!
As a result of my wanderings in One World One Heart, I would like to offer a poem to anyone who needs one. You may be troubled, sad, lost. You may like a poem for some special celebration or memory. Whatever the need, I offer you a poem written just for you. Leave me a few details, so I may "tune in" to you, and I will write you a special poem. The offer remains open ~ any time!


Cricket's Hearth - Strange, but her posting on my blog says she won't write poetry again after reading my poetry. More strange, her writing, whatever she writes, always sounds beautifully poetic. Check it out! I don't think she can escape poetry! Seriously, her blog is a beautiful wander through a range of feelings and ideas. Her posting on "Holding Hands" is just pure magic! And poetic!
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One World One Heart - This is just amazing. To quote: I created this event in 2007. The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way. Last years event had roughly 85-90 participants and many connections were made because of it......friendships that are still going strong a year later.We had a strong showing the first year for sure, and now this year(2008) we have just about tripled.


Passionate Blog - I now want to join this "Small is Beautiful" community. Hopefully, the description of this blog suits the ideas there. Perhaps now is a good time to reflect on just how this blog is evolving. I submitted: Greyscale Territory is that blurry space between visual landscapes and dreamscapes. Poetic wandering is a luxurious sprawl in the world of spiritual and hard knock musings. It is a time to face the raw reality of dreams and hopefully pen some inspirational songlines for anyone to sing. Hopefully, that sums up the inner and outer landscapes here.

Especially love the overall concept of this community, binding the beautiful ideas of other bloggers into one caravanserai on the Bloggers Silk Road. (Stay tuned to small is beautiful Saturdays at www.Magpie-Girl.com for featured passionate bloggers, drawings, and other lovely happenings. Welcome to the neighborhood!) And indeed it is a welcoming place. I would feel honoured to be a part of it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Just a few thoughts for Valentine's Day


I used to wonder why it took so long in my travels through life to find one I would call "my love". That sounds so soppy and sentimental. Maybe it is. But now, I have a new way of looking at the spectrum of where I have been. In my saddest moments, I have learnt to be strong. In my darkest midnights, I have learnt to find the hint of light creeping under some far doorway. When I have felt lost, I have found the key to knowing my place in time was right there within me.
So now, now that love has found me, (when I finally learnt these truths), I am simply glad I was in the right place at the right time for the surprise of love. Just as it should be.
There can be no greater love than a love given is a love given back.
Happy Valentine's Day Big Bear!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Fridge Space ~ for Sunday Scribblings


Fridge space is that breath between the juices and the milk ~
It is that cheesy Tower of Babel
Willing stability ~
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And down below
The vegies jostle for elbow room ~
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Fridge space is only a vision
The hungry may enjoy ~
While the rest of us
Don't really want to sacrifice plenty
For growling space
Do we?
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But then there is the ultimate fridge
South of most of our days ~
Where space is the chilled breath
Preserving the juices and milk of our very being
In a stiff semblance of living ~
Mini Towers of Babel
Struggle for warmth ~
And the very marrow of our being
Smiles wryly
Wishing for some ice melt ~
And knowing
Sadly
It may just come true ~
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Won't it?

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Inversion - in response to "Changed" prompt - Writer's Island


Stirring the clouds beneath my feet ~
Letting the mind sail in the drummings of caves
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Eying the molten heat simmering in a rain shower ~
Letting the wings fold like a hopeless umbrella
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Feeling the feast of chaos buried in a magic carpet ~
Letting the amplifiers break the chains of sound
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Knowing the Mayan calendar could just be a hoax ~
Letting the moment
Tomorrow
Freefall
Into yesterday ~
When leeches had a medieval,
Medical,
Scientific right
To suck blood

Reflections on Nauru

(This is the logo for Nauru's ISP cenpac.net.nr)

The island of Nauru would have to be one of the saddest places on earth. Once called Pleasant Island, this tiny piece of humanity, the smallest republic in the world, is now anything but pleasant. Over the last 90 years, phosphate mining, mainly by a UK, Australia and NZ consortium, has left 90% of Nauru, a heartland wasteland. Nauru is one of three phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean. (The others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Makatea in French Polynesia which is only 53 km south of the Equator).
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There are limited natural water resources here, so roof storage rainwater and an aging desalination plant are required. This is to supply a population of 13,528 (July, 2007). There is no arable land or crops. The only other natural resources are coconuts, bananas and fish.
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But Nauru has recently been hit with another curse, couched in a blessing. Since 2001, Australia has used Nauru as a detention camp for asylum seekers. It was part of the "Pacific Solution" immigration policy introduced by the then Prime Minister John Howard. The new Prime Minister, Keven Rudd, has now ended this practice. For the 21 Sri Lankan refugees detained there for the past 10 months, this is good news. Now, only Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, will be retained as a detention, processing centre.
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However, Nauruan officials do not see the news as good news. With the loss of 100 jobs, about 1,000 people's lives will be impacted. There is simply no other alternative work available.
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Nauru gained independence in 1968 and, in 1999, joined the UN as the world's smallest independent republic. But independence is but a "paper status". Australia has been heavily entangled in phosphate agreements, and so tended to to be a weighty manipulator of the Nauruan economy. That is, until the supply of phosphate all but dried up.
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Now the huge question remains. Is Australia responsible for Nauru's future? Surely, to take the the life blood of a people means you are responsible for any future blood transfusions? Admittedly, aid was given in the late 1990's, but a lot was squandered by the prevailing government. But surely, when there are people struggling, a blind eye cannot be turned.
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Nauru has internet connections. Is there some way work on the internet could be a prime resource - separate from gtovernment intrusions? Maybe Australian companies could offer work?
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I certainly hope there is some way Australian aid agencies add Nauru to the list of needy nations. No real mother would abandon her children, would she?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Odd rock formations


For some strange reason, I have always been fascinated with odd rock formations. This one is pink granite, 700km northwest of Adelaide, South Australia. It is in the middle of a hayfield and nick-named Murphy's Haystacks. Why I have thought of rocks tonight (when it is currently gently raining outside in the darkness) I have no idea. Perhaps it is just all part of a yearning for security, and rocks symbolise a grounded earthiness. I don't know. Somehow, these particular rocks remind us that Australia has one of the oldest landscapes in the world because it is not subject to volcanic explosion, avalanche and even earthquakes are somewhat limited. In other words, our landscape is more stable than most. What we see is weathered by the winds and rains of time more than anything. Perhaps my thoughts are still linked to that tatty letterbox I saw on last night's walk, stubbornly resisting all manner of challenges; re-shaped, but not broken.
~ After a few more thoughts, one rock looks so much like some solar disc, turned to the journeys of stars. Almost like a face turned up, waiting for some celestial answer.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Fragile



Have you ever felt really fragile. When you feel hard work, strong dreams and goals somehow crumble under the weight of "enough is never enough". I had one of those long moments today. Money is always a looming issue with us, ponderous like a waiting storm cloud. We try so hard to be positive, but sometimes it seems being positive only stalls reality. It has to be faced sometime. Once, we both owned our own homes, but we both lost everything in tragic circumstances. But we found each other; we are the ultimate strength for each other. But right now, I just don't know what to do next. There has to be a way, some miracle. I honestly believe it is out there somewhere.
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So, after a heavy day at school, and thinking retiring to live my dream as a writer just seems further and further away, I decided to simply walk in the evening light.
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The air was scented with storm and sharp sunset light. It felt invigorating. The street was quiet. I could just see glimpses of the bay far below my mountain. I ached for a miracle and almost felt an involuntary prayer escape me to the skies above. And as I walked I felt a kind of hush seeping through me.
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It may have been the roses in the gardens. It may have been the whispering greens of pittosporums that seemed to brush close by me. But I felt the aura of a blessing circling round and over me.
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And then I saw a thin, tatty letterbox. Clearly, it had survived violent mountain weathers and still was standing, stubbornly. It almost seemed to be stating, "I will be here". I smiled. It was the first precious smile in my day.
~ An angel bringing a gift in the form of a humble letterbox!
~ I am still smiling!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

William Wales Reporting


News job plan for real royal reporter - a headline from today's "The Age". Work experience for Prince William in the armed forces may be followed by some fourth estate experience in the newsroom next year.
Of the British papers, it appears the "Daily Mail" has some rather prickly views of William's father, Prince Charles; "The Independent" and "Financial Times" sidestep the royal arena. Prince Charles' press officer edits "The Times" and"The Daily Telegraph". That leaves "The Guardian" without some royal connection or disconnection.
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But I wonder, are the royal groomers perhaps looking too close to home? If royal schooling is iced with a "Down Under" experience - at Timbertop for Prince Charles - why not give work experience a royal flush Down Under??
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Agreed, royalty and its trappings are not held in high esteem in Australia. But conversely, neither is royalty completely dismissed as an oddity either. After all, we have followed closely in the footsteps of our own Tasmanian Mary uplifted to Princess of Denmark. She is a pretty headliner in the news that we love to follow. We may not like the British royal rule of our country, but we still like to watch the growing years of Princes William and Harry. We all adored their mother Diana. It is as if we like to keep a motherly eye on her children for her.
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In that spirit, I believe we would welcome William Wales, reporter. He would find a greater media comfort zone here than back home in London. We would enjoy firstly his youthful views which happen to be, secondly, from a royal perspective. And all the time, we could not help but see Diana in him.
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Further, it would give Prince William some breathing space from the British media. Maybe distance may make the media heart grow fonder and a little more tolerant?
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Now, I wonder which newspaper? Perhaps "The Australian" may be the politically correct choice! It is a national voice! I can see it now: "Prince Will Wire Home"!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Gilded Conclusion ~ Response to Option 3 ~ Cafe Writing

PROMPT FOR #OPTION 3Dreaming time has reversed,
I watch drowned snow
Appear to lift up from the lake;
Reshaping magnified, each risen flake
Looms in the air, deliberate and slow,
Allowing me to let your picture form and wake
Astonished that you have returned to go
To watch me watch drowned snow lift from the lake.
Dreaming time has reversed—and you,
Your red cheeks radiant against the wind,
Are gliding toward me on the ice into
A frame of glided twilight—I
Again awaken from your being gone to find
Your gloved hands covering your lips’ good-bye
So you can watch me watch uplifted snow
As if your absence now concluded long ago.

- Robert Pack ~ "Snow Rise"Pick at least three of the following eight words, and write a paragraph, scene, flash-fic, essay, blog entry or poem using them. It’s fine to change tenses, or pluralize if you want to, but please bold the words you choose.astonished, conclusion, drown, gilded, hands, magnify, snow, time
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GILDED CONCLUSION
Hands wave
Astonished in silent protest
This is not how it should be at all
This is not how it should be
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Hands magnify
The yawning abyss of neglect
Shaping the awe of horror
With simple white smoky etchings
In the sky
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Hands close in prayer
Hoping for some snow whiteness
Nature's whiteness
Nature's forgiveness
Blanketing the crimes of a wayward child
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Time has become a gilded conclusion
Gilded with fool's gold
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Hands drown helpless
In the memory of the celestine signs
The eyes were too blind to see

I Walk in Your Footprints ~ Response to Option 4 ~ Can you picture that? ~ Cafe Writing

February Project: In the Northern Hemisphere, February is the month of hearts and flowers, groundhogs, candles, and hope for the coming spring. In other parts of the world, of course, it comes with different meanings and traditions. Rather than making the theme for this month specific to Valentine’s Day, then, it will be a celebration of love, with a bit of hope for spring tossed into the mix.
Comment: In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the month of hearts and flowers, dancing dolphins in fading summer waters, candles, and a memory of summer play. It is a time to celebrate the bond of love that asks no questions and needs no answers. It simply is.
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Option Four: Can You Picture That?
Use the following photo to inspire an entry in any form - fiction, essay, poetry. Please copy the photo to your own server if you want to include it in your post.
If you respond to this prompt, please copy the image to your own server, and credit the photographer Beverly Lussier.

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I WALK IN YOUR FOOTPRINTS
I feel what you know
And you know what I feel
We love from the depths
Of our hearts
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I see with your eyes

You see with mine

We sing in the beauty

Of our minds

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I walk in your footprints

You walk in mine

We are happy in the souls

Of our shoes

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Magic - for Writer's Island

A few weeks go, I decided to wander down a rough, dusty track near my home. Many times I had driven past this small detour known as Eaton's Cutting and promised myself, one day, I would go down there to have a look. Where did it lead?
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My curiosity was heightened when I chanced upon a book about the early days of Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria. Apparently, this track used to be the "old" way down from Arthur's Seat (the only mountain on the Mornington Peninsula) to the seaside village of Dromana on Port Phillip Bay immediately below.
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Curiosity was heightened but never activated. Two years passed before I decided to have a look. If truth be known, I was on school holidays, utterly broke, with not enough money to gorge on petrol for "useless" ambles. Distance was limited by the strength/weakness of my bank account. (Another example of how money has power and money talks!)
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And so, on a warm afternoon, a trip to Eaton's Cutting was on the "poor man's entertainment agenda".
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The first stage of the track was a sharp climb past tightly overhanging eucalypts. But once the crest of this "hill" was reached, an amazing world opened.
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The first surprise was the track levelled out, with overgrown driveways leading to homes scattered on surrounding hillsides. The homes numbered about 4. Many had olde worlde vegie gardens which opened out into tiny vineyards, tumbling down the mountain.
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But the track continued to what seemed to be a little everglade, a clearing, surrounded by a wired fence and a tired old, locked gate with a sign stating this was a fire trail; only authorised vehicles could enter, but walkers could travel through with caution. As it was the peak of the fire season in Australia, caution won the day and we chose to stay in the clearing.
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Slowly we walked around it, feeling the hum of a late summer afternoon in bushland. And then the magic began!
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We found:
~an old rusty wheel from some cart locked in tufts of grass
~ a large house, on stilts, whispered through the trees. It was made of glass and stone. No curtains graced the windows. You could see brightly coloured bunk beds roughly made. Bare wooden floors. And not a soul there. Yet a rather crumpled sign along the fence declared this was a research centre and no admittance was allowed. Curiouser and curiouser.
~ and birds! Countless birds wheeled above us! Some seemed to dive close to our heads. Bright reds and blues and greens of rosellas flashed all round us. Snowy white cockatoos circled and circled - the official "squawk squad"! So many birds! We had the feeling not too many of the human variety travelled this way! A kind of lost silk road?
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It seemed time, old times and old lives, were locked in the secrets of the trees and the small patches of sky overhead. We could feel the life of yesterdays murmuring invisible around us. It was like we were closely connecting with the very pulses, the heartbeat of earth! Here was a sanctuary ~ to muse on where have we been and where are we going! A lovely way to give today a purpose, in the light of yesterday!
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Strangely, even as I tell this story, I can still feel the magic of that priceless moment! And more strangely still, I never did see that panoramic sea view I expected from such a height! I guess the closeness of trees, earth and quiet living was far more important!

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Tasmania
A place of beauty in the Western Tiers

Tasmania

Tasmania
View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

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Archive of Blog Quotes

  • A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent
  • Autumn is an introspective season when stray thoughts of the mind dive into the mystique of the soul - Gemma Wiseman
  • Autumn is the bridesmaid of Summer and the flowergirl of Winter ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Autumn whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Love is born / With a dark and troubled face, / When hope is dead / And in the most unlikely place; / Love is born, / Love is always born. - Michael Leunig's Christmas Song Cycle "Southern Star"
  • Spring paints the stars of heaven in Earth colours ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Summer sizzles with a sibilant hush / Broken by dreams of / Clinking ice ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G.K. Chesterton
  • Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. - Stanley Horowitz
  • Winter is the fire, simmering lonely in the soul ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Winter is the shadow, the etching of the seasons in the mist ~ Gemma Wiseman

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